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A little About Pacific Grove

Pacific Grove is a relatively small, upscale, primarily residential town found along the Pacific Coast in Monterey County, California. Pacific Grove is situated between Point Pinos and the larger city of Monterey, and covers a total of four square miles, including just over a square mile of land. Other nearby cities include Carmel by the Sea and Pebble Beach. Pacific Grove is a slightly hilly community, with an average elevation of about a hundred and fifty square feet. The total population of Pacific Grove is approximately sixteen thousand, although that figure may have changed somewhat since the last census was taken. During prehistoric times, the area that is currently Pacific Grove was controlled by the Ohlone Native Americans, a group which was primarily concerned with subsistence farming, fishing, and hunting. Between prehistoric times and American control, modern day Pacific Grove was a part of Spain and Mexico, and was heavily influenced by Catholic missionaries during the eighteenth century. Interestingly, Pacific Grove itself was founded by a group of Methodists in the year 1875, and eventually became a part of a national network of school teacher training sites. Pacific Grove was officially incorporated as a town in the year 1889, three years after the Pacific Grove post office was first opened. As the years progressed, Pacific Grove became a favorite destination for painters, writers, and other types of artists, including noted author John Steinbeck. The larger city of Santa Cruz is found about forty miles to the north, while the major metropolis of San Francisco is situated approximately one hundred and twenty miles in the same direction. Pacific Grove enjoys generally pleasant weather throughout most of the year, including moderate temperatures, occasional fog, and a rainy season between November and April. The enjoyable weather, combined with the oceanfront regions of Asilomar and Lovers’ Point make the Pacific Grove area popular among surfers.

Pacific Grove is a generally upscale community, and tends to be a popular destination for vacationers from the San Francisco Bay Area. Some notable residents of Pacific Grove over the years include composer Frank Zappa, writer Paul Fleischman, and politician Ernest K. Bramblett. Media services in Pacific Grove are provided by KAZU radio and the Monterey County Herald in addition to the television stations of the Monterey Salinas Santa Cruz Designated Market Area. The current mayor of Pacific Grove is Carmelita Garcia, and the town is represented in the California state legislature by Assemblyman Bill Monning and State Senator Abel Maldonado. Pacific Grove is regionally well known for the architecture of its downtown area, which is decidedly Victorian and includes a number of converted bed and breakfasts. The town is also home to a substantial population of seasonal migrant Monarch butterflies and the beautiful Asilomar State Beach. Pacific Grove also boasts an ocean front golf course, a series of outstanding restaurants, and a variety of local boutiques and hotels. Point Pinos Lighthouse, which is located in Pacific Grove, is the oldest continually operated beacon on the West Coast of the United States. There are a number of secondary and post secondary educational institutions within a short drive of Pacific Grove, including both public and private schools. Pacific Grove actually has its own public school district, called the Pacific Grove Unified School District, which covers the entirety of the town.

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